Melchior Bauer, a farmer, his wife Barbara, his children, and his grandchildren immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 29 May 1762.
They requested to be released from the Danish colonies on 24 April 1765 and joined the migration to Russia.
Melchior has not been located among the Volga German colonies. Son Ludwig Bauer, son Johannes Bauer, daughter Christina Busch née Bauer, and daughter Anna Susanna Bauer and their families settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 28 March 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 3, 19, & 26.
The Eichhorns record that Melchior Bauer came from the German village of Käferthal in the Kurpfalz region.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-61, B-62, B-63.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz002, Bz055, Bz102, Bz104, Bz107.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 72, 77, 79.